Speaking at Planning Committee

Public Engagement at Planning Committee

To enable you to play an active part in the planning process members of the public are able to speak at meetings of the Planning Committee on any schedule applications, which are to be considered.

For the opportunity to speak, you must have submitted a written representation on a planning application, to the Planning Applications Section by the close of the consultation period applicable to that application.

Not all planning applications go to the Planning Committee for decision, some are decided by Planning Officers under delegated powers.  If an application is to be decided by Planning Committee, the Council will write to you to invite you to book a slot to speak/provide a statement. Only upon receipt of that letter or email may you make contact with the Committee Clerk who will be happy to book you in and offer you any help or advice that you may require. Those wishing to speak/provide a statement must telephone the Committee Clerk on 01843 577046 or email committee@thanet.gov.uk and register their request by no later than noon on the Monday before the Planning Committee meeting. Once the closing date and time for registering a wish to speak/provide a statement has passed, no additions will be permitted to the list of speakers.

Presentations are limited to three minutes per speaker and are taken

in the following order: –

● From the applicant or his or her representative;

● From one* person raising points of concern;

● From one representative of the Town or Parish Council (if applicable);

● From a ward councillor who indicates to the Chairman that he or she wishes to

speak; and

● From a councillor who has declared a prejudicial interest in relation to the

planning application but who wishes to address the Committee prior to leaving the


* From three persons in the case of a major planning application

Slots are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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